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Sun lo meri jaan

Posted on: June 17, 2015


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

THE VELVET MAGIC – TALAT DUETS……Song No. – 10…Last song of the series.
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We end this series with a duet of Talat and Suman Kalyanpur, from the film Pyar ki Dastaan-1961.

The music director of this film was Nashaad, who became famous with this new name for him, for the songs of ‘Naghma’-53. Later on songs of Baradari-55 also spread his name and fame. Despite all this he was never counted amongst the Top composers. Naashaad is also known for giving initial playback singing breaks to singers like Sabita Banerjee and Suman Kalyanpur, in his film ‘Darwaza’-54.

There is a confusion as to which is the first song of Suman Kalyanpur. Is it from Darwaza or Mangu-both films of 1954. Actually she got the first opportunity to sing in the film Mangu, for which Mohd. Shafi was the composer. Half way through the film he was replaced by O P Nayyar. Shafi had already recorded 4 songs of Suman, but O P Nayyar removed 3 songs and retained only one Lori in this film. In this change over, the film Mangu was delayed and finally it went to Censors and got a certificate No. 19040 (B) dt. 15-12-1954. Meanwhile Suman sang for Nashad in his film ‘ Darwaza’ – 54 and this film was Censored on 29-5-1954, Certificate No-10937. Thus though she recorded her first song for Mangu, her first film to be released was ‘Darwaza’-54.

In her younger days,Suman was studying in J.J.School of Arts, in Bombay. Being a good singer she used to sing in college functions. One year, Talat Mahmood was the Chief Guest of her College Gathering. Suman sang “Eri main to prem diwani” from the film Naubahar-52. Talat was quite impressed with her singing style and he recommended her name to H.M.V.

In her career, Suman could sing just 5 songs with Talat…Darwaza-54, Mohabbat ki jeet-60, Pyar ki Dastaan-61, Shaahi Farmaan-61 and Teen Ustaad-61…all B and C grade films. Suman Kalyanpur was a singer who had immense Talent but Luck did not favour her as much as she deserved. Not that she was a failure. On the contrary, she was quite successful, but did not get enough recognition. Her voice was similar to Lata’s voice, so she was always a replacement singer. Composers used her to get the Lata effect. In the film world, Mithun Chakrawarty was known as “poor man’s Amitabh” and Suman kalyanpur was known as “poor man’s Lata”.

Many people feel that she got a raw deal in the industry and that lot of injustice was done to her. They feel she was isolated by few or some popular famous singer. But Suman, on her part, never felt that way. She never ever complained about anything. She was contented and happy with whatever she got in her life.

Here is an adapted short interview given by Suman Kalyanpur to “Screen”., after her retirement. ( courtesy paklinks.in)

“Suman Kalyanpur’s voice was a good competition to Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosale monopoly. In some songs it is hard to believe that it is Suman Kalyanpur and not Lata. In retirement now for many years, Suman Kalyanpur remains the only female playback singer who made a sustained impact in the era of Lata Mangeshkar-Asha Bhosle dominance. A successful professional for four decades, she has won the Lata Mangeshkar award .

A housewife who was also a successful career woman, barely a tiny fraction of Suman Kalyanpur’s career was under her maiden name of Suman Hemmady, and arguably she was the first female playback singer of importance who balanced art and hearth.

Suman Kalyanpur perhaps recorded far less frequently than her talent deserved. Yet she spawned an enviably percentage of immortal songs and hits (mostly synonymous terms in those days), primarily in Hindi and Marathi films. But she also scored in devotionals, ghazal, Marathi bhavgeet, the occasional thumri and songs in Gujarati, Kannada (interestingly only under Hindi film composer Jaidev!), Bengali, Punjabi, Maithili, Oriya, Rajasthani, Assamese, Bhojpuri and many other languages, including Chhattisgarhi. Her legacy of priceless music continues to be heard by a legion of fans even as she lives like a recluse.

From the 1950s to the mid-’80s (her last hit song was Zindagi imtihan leti hai from the 1981 Naseeb for Laxmikant-Pyarelal, though she last recorded Saathi re o mere saathi for Bappi Lahiri’s Veerana in 1988) she had a fulfilling career.

Suman was born on January 28, 1937 in Dhaka in East Bengal in undivided India where her family was based then. They shifted to Mumbai in 1943. In 1958, barely four years into her profession, she married industrialist Ramanand S. Kalyanpur.

“It’s not as if I have stopped singing just because I have not sung for films,” Suman Kalyanpur told Screen some years ago. “In any case, I never sang too many songs. In 1976 and 1977 I declined a good amount of work as I was preoccupied with my husband’s ill-health. And after that I never recorded for Marathi films as trends had changed. But I did occasional Hindi films, and my numbers from Badaltey Rishtey (Na jaane kaise with Rafi and Kishore) and Naseeb were hits. I also recorded for new composers like Rajesh Roshan (Jay-Vijay, Dillagi, Unnees Bees, Ek Aur Sikandar), Bappi Lahiri (Waqt Ki Pukar besides Veerana) and Anu Malik (Aapas Ki Baat).”

“I like to look back and think whatever came to me was my destiny. I never had any burning ambitions and I think that I had a great career. I may have had 10 per cent of the quantity of work, but a very huge percentage of my songs have become hits. Actually I never had any specific intention of becoming a playback singer, and one more factor could be that someone always accompanied me to the recordings, so that a certain kind of professional associate was kept away.”

She goes on, “I must add one more important point. I never sang cabarets, mujras or any songs with lyrics or situations wherein the visuals would have offended everyone’s and my own sensibilities and upset my joint family and my in-laws. In any case, I always felt that I could not do justice to those kind of songs. My skills and tastes were both towards soft, melody-based numbers.”

The Lata Mangeshkar Award is testimony to the fact, perhaps, that there is no acrimony between the Mangeshkars and Suman Kalyanpur. Lata and Suman even sang the duet Kabhi aaj kabhi kal kabhi parson in Shart under Hemant Kumar. At best, a certain vocal similarity and resemblance in style might have affected Suman’s career, or as she prefers to callit, her destiny.

Suman’s interests include painting, embroidery, flower arrangement and gardening, and she was in the second year of Arts when she recorded her first song. “My family always loved music and I was quite fond of singing. Our neighbours included the famed Marathi musicians Keshavrao and Jyotsna Bhole. At one point I joined the music class in my school, where the famous music director Yeshwant Deo was a teacher. When I sang at a cultural programme in school, a relative of the Bholes was impressed and offered Yeshwant Deo and me a Marathi film called Shukraachee Chandani. My friends coerced me too. But the film never took off and after that I never sang in Marathi for a year.”

Talat Mahmood heard her at a concert and put her in touch with HMV, where Suman took a voice-test. Composer Mohammed Shafi heard her and signed her for Mangu. But soon afterwards, the film went to O.P. Nayyar, and of the four songs that she had recorded, only one lori was retained, Koi pukare dheere se tujhe. She then sang for small-time composer Nashad, whom she calls “a great talent”, in Darwaza in which she had two solos, Aag lage iss saawan mein and Chale hum to. Her breakthrough came with the song Meri preet mera pyar (Teerth-Yatra) in 1958.

“All my music directors had their own styles and strong points. All of them had something to teach and enhance my skills. If one music director’s songs were like basundi, another’s were like shrikhand. I must say that I was lucky to get memorable songs with every composer, including those who recorded only one or two songs with me, like Salil Chowdhury and R.D. Burman. Quantity-wise I sang most for Usha Khanna – over 100 songs – and Shankar-Jaikishan, for whom I sang over 50 songs that were mostly hits. Actually I am grateful to their assistant Dattaram, who employed my voice in almost 15 films like Shreeman Satyawadi and paved the way for Shankar-Jaikishan to call me. My last song for Dattaramji, Sun le Bapu yeh paigham from the 1969 release Balak was a major hit. My composers included Naushad, S.D.Burman, Roshan, Madan Mohan, Chitragupta, Shankar-Jaikishan, Kalyanji-Anandji, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and almost everyone else.”

“In Hindi films I was considered lucky for duets,” recalls the singer. The co-singers ranged from Mohammed Rafi and Talat Mehmood to Mukesh, Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar. “But it is a myth that I sang very few solos, and I don’t know why the media perpetuated it. Again, though I sang a lot for B-grade films, I still have a 70 per cent hit percentage.”

Suman did benefit when Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi did not record for a while in the early ‘60s, but that was a miniscule benefit in a truly illustrious career.

Suman’s first song in Marathi was the super-hit Bhaatuklichaa khel maandila for Vasant Prabhu, for the film Pasant Aahe Mulgi. After that she never looked back for over 20 years. Putra Vhawa Aisaa, Ekti, Manini and Annapoorna were but a few of her memorable films. But even outside films, her hits are legion and include over 50 timeless gems of Marathi films, bhavgeet and bhaktigeet. ”

Here is a lovely Video song, featuring Sudesh kumar and Ameeta in the film, “Pyar ki Dastaan”-61. It is a duet of Suman and Talat.

With this song,we end this series here only. A Trivia… TALAT spells backwards also TALAT.


Song-Sun lo meri jaan(Pyaar Ki Daastaan)(1961) Singers-Talat Mehmood, Suman Kalyanpur, Lyrics-Sarwar, MD-Nashaad
Female chorus
Male chorus
Both

Lyrics

ahahahaaha
ohohohoho
Fahahahaaha

ho o o
o o o o
o o o
o
Fahahaha
hohoho
hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmmm

sun le meri jaan
keh rehi zubaan
sun le meri jaan
keh rehi zubaan
pyaar ki daastaan
ho o o
pyaar ki daastaan
maine sun liya
dil ne chun liya
aa aa
maine sun liya
dil ne chun liya
tumko meharbaan
o o o
tumko meharbaan
maine chun liya

ahahahaha
o o o o
o o o o o
ahahahah
Fahahahaha

rahe ye haath haath mein
na chhoote umr bhar
rahe ye haath haath mein
na chhoote umr bhar
na chhoote umr bhar
kabhi na khatm ho hamaare pyaar ka safar
pyaar ka safar

ruke na dilbura
chale yoonhin sada
ruke na dilbura
chale yoonhin sada
apna kaarwaan
ho o o
apna kaarwaan
sun le meri jaan

ahahaha
Fahahahaha

qadam qadam pe dega gham
zamaane chaah mein
qadam qadam pe dega gham
zamaane chaah mein
zamaane chaah mein

khushi se jaan denge ham
wafa ki raah mein
wafa ki raah mein
ye waada pyaar ka
na dena tum bhula
ye waada pyaar ka
na dena tum bhula
mere paasbaan
o o o
mere paasbaan
aa maine sun liya

ahahaha
Fo ho ho o
Faa aa a a
Fahahaha
aa aa aa aa

gawaah aasmaan hai aur ye zameen hai
gawaah aasmaan hai aur ye zameen hai
ye zameen hai
daga na doge tum kabhi mujhe yaqeen hai
mujhe yaqeen hai

qasam teri sanam
juda na honge ham
qasam teri sanam
juda na honge ham
jeete jee yahaan
ho o o
jeete jee yahaan

sun le meri jaan
keh rahi jubaan
sun le meri jaan
keh rahi jubaan
pyaar ki daastaan
ho o o
pyaar ki daastaan
pyaar ki daastaan
pyaar ki daastaan
pyaar ki daastaan

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5 Responses to "Sun lo meri jaan"

Arun ji

Thanks a lot for providing this much of information about Suman Kalyanpur……

prakash

Legendary Singer Suman Kalyanpur ji was in Nagpur on 14th June for a concert here…
(… i could not make it to attend the progm..)

A teaser for everyone>>
Is there a Hindustani ghazal sung by Talat for a non Indian film.
Yep there is one such ghazal.
Please let me know. Thanks

Nitin ji,

As far as I know,there are TWO such Gazals.

1.Pakistani film-Chiragh Jalta Raha-62
Gazal by Fazal Ahmed
MD-Nihal Abdulla
“Kuch hua haasil”

2. Pakistani film- Ghanghor Ghataa-61
“Kholi hai Zuban”
Lyricist and MD not known.

-AD

Arunji,
You got it in double quick time. I meant the second>>
Talat; Ghanghor Ghata-1961 (Pak movie) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=908jHkYTpns
Kholi hai zabaan phir bhi khamosh rahe

I doff my hat..Thanks

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